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Why specialise in Educational Wellbeing?


Lead wellbeing initiatives across your school community


Academics have a wealth of primary and secondary school experience


Become an effective leader in the school and classroom


Supports next step in educational career 


No.1 in Australia for Education Student Support*


Accelerated, online learning designed for busy teachers 


One of Australia's most affordable online MEd degrees 

*(Good Universities Guide 2023) 

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8 months part-time*

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100% online


Jan, Mar, May, July, Aug, Oct




$2,699 per unit, FEE-HELP available

*completion time dependent on individual study path and course availability. Please speak to a Student Advisor for more information.

Master of Education graduate Aleasa Brink speaks about the benefits of engaging in and promoting lifelong learning. 

Aleasa Brink: "Education is a lifelong skill. So, lifelong learning is something that I talk about within my school and within the profession I work, so modelling that and continuing on that path is something that's very important for me." Subheading: What are you trying to achieve from online study? Aleasa: "I want to progress myself in my career and professionally, it's quite relevant. The learning that I'm doing with the study is helping with my work and my work is helping with my study." Subheading: What are your tips for students considering online study? Aleasa: "My first tip would be just to have a go! And finding a course that is going to complement what you're doing, so for me - not a load on top of what I'm doing. It really fits in seamlessly with what I'm already doing, and enhancing that."

Increase student resilience and wellbeing

The Graduate Certificate in Educational Wellbeing focuses on diversity, educational support in difficult times, leadership and how to enhance student wellbeing.

Schools play an integral role in promoting social and emotional development for students. This course focuses on units of study that offer foundational knowledge to help you build supportive school communities and positive learning environments for both students and teachers.

If you decide to pursue a higher qualification, units of study completed during the Graduate Certificate can be credited towards enrolment in a Master of Education.

Learning outcomes

Unique take on wellbeing 

Focus on the needs of teachers as well as learners. 

Build thriving environments

Build environments where everyone can thrive. 

Enhance wellbeing 

Learn skills to respond to the diverse needs of students and enhance student wellbeing. 

What you will study

To gain your online Graduate Certificate in Education, specialising in Educational Wellbeing, you will study four core units. 

Enhancing Student Wellbeing focuses on knowledge, understandings and practices concerning student wellbeing at school. 

The Supporting Students in Difficult Times unit of study provides frontline professionals with the knowledge and skills required to effectively support children and young people who are experiencing personal difficulties and require social and/or emotional support. 

The valuing diversity unit of study is designed to consolidate awareness, knowledge and experience in understanding and meeting diverse learners' needs in educational settings. 

In the Educational Leadership and Wellbeing unit, you will develop the skills to establish wellbeing best practice in your school community.

Pathway to Masters

When you finish your Graduate Certificate in Educational Wellbeing, if you wish to take your learning further you can apply for our Master of Education and receive advanced standing for the units you have completed. 

Graduate Certificate
4 Units

Or continue studying

Masters Degree
+ 4 Units

A typical study period at SCU Online
Typical study period timeline

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Our study periods: Jan, Mar, May, July, Aug, Oct

Late applications may be considered under special circumstances up until the start of O'Week. For more information please speak with a Student Enrolment Advisor.

Entry requirements

To qualify for entry to the Graduate Certificate in Education, specialising in Educational Wellbeing, you must have:

  • four-year Bachelor degree in Education from any Australian university or equivalent; OR
  • an undergraduate degree and a fourth-year level teaching qualification from any Australian university or equivalent; OR
  • a three year Bachelor degree in Teaching from any Australian University, or equivalent.

In either case, students need to be proficient in English.

Find out more about Rules Relating to Awards and Specific Award Rules

We recognise and grant credit for past education or qualifications in a process called advanced standing. If you're eligible for advanced standing, this can impact the number of units you need to study, reducing the time and cost of your overall degree. 

Find out more about applying for advanced standing

Ready to take the next step in your career? It's your time.

At Southern Cross University Online, we've helped thousands of people with real lives and real ambition to realise their goals and dreams by supporting them every step of the way.
We provide affordable courses, flexible learning and excellent student support, so you can achieve the impossible and make the most out of your time. 
It’s time to put yourself first. Follow your ambition. 

When you study online with SCU, you're not on your own. We're connected, together. 

Our teachers, academics and education designers have built these courses for people like you. Before commencing study, your dedicated Student Success Advisor will be in touch by phone, email or chat to help you plan your schedule. As you work towards your dream of achieving your degree, your advisor works like an extra pair of eyes and ears with support, advice and motivation throughout your study journey. 


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Our Accreditations & Endorsements

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Our online programs meet all of the AQF guidelines, ensuring quality education.

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5-STAR Rating for Full-Time Employment, Overall Experience, Student Support, Learning Resources, Teaching Quality and Skills Development.

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Southern Cross University is one of the world's Top 200 Young Universities.

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Our postgraduate student support and satisfaction both above the national average.

What our students say
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SCU online MED student Jessica.

The units specific to wellbeing were my favourite units. The educational leadership with regards to wellbeing was very engaging due to its informative content and high level of relevancy with that is currently happening within schools around Australia.

Jessica Nelson
Online M.Ed (Educational Wellbeing) graduate

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SCU online MED student Matthew smiling and holding a textbook in a school courtyard.

After two years of full-time teaching, I decided that it was time to further my skills and qualifications. After looking at courses online and speaking with colleagues, I came across the M.Ed being offered by SCU Online. Throughout this course, I am finding that a lot of what I am studying related perfectly to my everyday work in my school.

Matthew Scott

Online M.Ed (Educational Wellbeing) graduate

Aleasa-MED testimonial

The content within the course directly relates to my professional life so I use this time to re-read prescribed texts, research or articles that will help to develop my understanding of the unit as well as develop me professionally. I think it is important to model lifelong learning to my staff and students and this is one way in which I can do that.

Aleasa Brink

Online M.Ed graduate and Primary School Principal

What our students do

Our Master of Education students work in a variety of educational contexts around Australia. Below is a snapshot of some of these roles and jobs. 

  • Deputy Head of School
  • Lead Teacher
  • High School Teacher
  • Principal
  • Primary School Teacher
  • Education Consultant


  • Classroom Teacher
  • Assistant Principal
  • Community Wellbeing Coordinator
Course Coordinator

Meet our Course Coordinator

David Lynch is a world renowned researcher and innovator in the areas of teacher education, whole of school teaching improvement and school leadership. Early research endeavours focused on investigations into the rationale, content and delivery mechanisms for initial teacher education where new programs were developed and which form the basis on modern day teacher education programming. His work moved into ‘in-service teacher education’ and since 2012 whole of school teaching improvement. Current research is focused on understanding the life cycle of whole of school teaching improvement programs and the key role played by the school leader.

The central research interest is investigating what school leaders do to ‘ready’ their staff for such agendas and correspondingly what constitutes the development and implementation of effective and practical models that aid leaders in implementation. With this focus in mind, his research strategy has been to work with a school/ schooling system, and through collaboration seek to test propositions that are of interest and concern to the school and fitting for education system improvement. The context of such is an evolving and growing set of funded research projects. These research projects ($4m, 22 books and 100+ papers) have focused on education in RRR areas of Australia, Mathematics Education; School Leadership, leadership readiness, Whole of School Teaching Improvement and Blended Learning. Research projects have occurred in education systems including within Australia, Norway, Japan and the UK. In early career David was a State School principal in Queensland starting off in a one teacher school in remote Queensland before progressing to a large complex primary school on the Sunshine Coast. 

David Lynch